Thomas G. Nicol fonds

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Thomas G. Nicol fonds

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  • [1895]-[1926] (Creation)
    Nicol, Thomas G.

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13 photographs

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Thomas G. Nicol was born in Scotland in 1852. In 1878 he married Emma C. Schnare (1855-1940) in Bridgewater. The couple had five children. Nichol worked initially as a millwright, first arriving in Mahone Bay to build a mill for the Kedy brothers. He then established his own box factory and planing mill. In 1886 he was appointed as one of the trustees responsible for the construction of a Mahone Bay Exhibition Building. In 1893 he became a partner in the Gold River Lumber Co. He was also very active as a pioneer in electric-power generation and distribution, establishing a plant on the Mush-a-Mush River at Clearland, which he sold to the Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd. in 1898. In 1902, he built a generating station in Oakland designed to provide power for electric lighting in Mahone Bay, selling the plant to the town several years later. As well, Nicol developed power-generating operations in Shelburne County. In 1926 he funded the construction of the Knox Presbyterian Church (later the Calvary Temple) in Mahone Bay. Nicol died at Mahone Bay in 1931.

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The photographs were donated to the Mahone Bay Museum in 2006 by Alexander M. McDonald (accessions 2006.1: 06.01.01--06.01.09). Additional copy prints were found in the Mahone Bay Museum archival backlog.

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Fonds comprises 8 copy prints (plus 4 duplicates) of photographs and one original photograph. The copy prints depict Nicol’s power-generating operations and construction projects, Nicol family homes, and the Knox Presbyterian church. The original photo is a portrait of Thomas and Emma (Schnare) Nicol.

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